Anyone know why Van Gelder put "ears" in the "land"?
Frank Wylie wrote:
> Roger and Allison Kulp wrote:
>> Dead wax is the term for the area in between the label.and the end of
>> the runoff groove.Actually non-promo test pressings get out there
>> quite a bit.I own several dozen.At least 100 or so,including one of
>> "A Christmas Gift to You From Philles Records".The oldest one I have
>> seen,is an early Columbia test pressing of an uncredited recording of
>> "Casey Jones",that I was able to date to about 1906.I sold it on eBay
>> last year.This had a blank white label,with the title written in
>> pencil,and the label usually found on the backs of Columbia of this
> Apropos of nothing; I remember as a teen discovering cryptic messages
> inscribed in the "dead wax" (thanks for a new term!) area of LPs I
> purchased. They must have been cut into the masters and most
> messages were in the (for lack of a better term) retrace area that
> parks the needle at the end of the record.
> Can't even remember which albums had these strange tags on the
> retrace; anyone else know of this practice and any history behind it?